I’ve never been to a Novena Mass in the Basilica Del Sto. Nino.┬áLiterally thousands of people congregated for the 7am celebration.

It truly was an experience.

Before the mass started, I decided to walk around and take a few photographs. These don’t really do justice to the experience. It was a refreshing reminder of what Sinulog truly is – a celebration of the Sto. Nino. If you haven’t been to one, brave the crowd and go.

Basilica del Sto Nino Cebu

The Basilica del Santo Nino still has its charm.

Basilicadel Sto Nino Cebu novena mass

Waiting for the mass to start.

crowd in novena mass sto nino

A very well behaved crowd.

priests in the novena mass sto nino basilica

The priests officiating the mass.

lighting a candle in the sto nino basilica

There’s an area in the Basilica grounds where you can light a candle.

lighting a candle in the sto nino basilica

Light a few for your love ones.

candles cebu

There are lots of candles.

statues in basilica del sto nino

The statues tell the story of the Sto. Nino in Cebu.

statues in basilica del sto nino

They are also pretty cool to look at.

basilica del sto nino

The view from below.

crowd in novena mass sto nino

In the end of the mass, people get a chance to be blessed.

basilica del sto nino sinulog

This was about 15 minutes before the mass started.

sto nino sinulog

Bring a Sto. Nino, even a little itty bitty one.


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